St. Mary´s CE (A) First School

Learning to love, loving to learn
Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is actively encouraged and promoted through the school curriculum.  The school offers a school meal service from Aspens providing a choice of three main courses, salad, vegetables and three desserts consisting of yogurt, fruit or a traditional pudding.

If you would like your child to have a hot school meal or sandwich lunch option then this can be paid for via Parent Pay at the beginning of the week.  The current price of a school meal is £2.30 per day. Aspens have developed the Aspens App which will enable you to read it with just a couple of presses on your smartphone. It’s simple enough – just search for the app at the App Store or Google Play, install, add the unique PIN relating to your particular school and you will be able to view the current menu. The pin is: 27440754

From September 2014 all children in the early years and key stage one ie their first three years of formal education, are entitled to a universal free school meal. If your child would have been entitled to a free school meal under the old system then it is still important that you register for this as the school receives extra money in its budget.

On the very rare occasions when your child has left home without eating their breakfast, for what ever reason, it is important that you let us know as this can affect their concentration. We have a breakfast club before school and a toast trolley at morning break time.

Your child's brain needs water during the day to keep it hydrated. The Governing Body provides each child with a water bottle at the start of each year.  This usually remains in school, so that your child has access to water throughout the day.

Morning Break - Tuck

All children in reception and key stage one are provided with a piece of fruit each day.  The older children children are encouraged to bring a fruit or vegetable snack from home to eat at playtime.

The school kitchen provides a small selection of items that can be purchased by children in KS1 and KS2 during the morning break.  The amount of food is limited so that children still want to eat their dinner.  Please send in the correct amount of money in a named container.  A list of items and their cost is on display in the school.

School dinners

Payment for school dinner needs to be in advance.  It can be paid weekly or half termly using Parent Pay.

If your child would like to change to, or from school dinners please give a half terms notice so that the correct food orders can be placed by the school kitchen.  Please continue to help your child use cutlery correctly so that they are able to cut their own food with increasing dexterity.

Packed Lunches

Some children will bring packed lunches from home which will be eaten in the dining hall.  As we are a healthy school it is important that the food provided reflects this.  Ideally lunch boxes should contain: a drink of water or squash in a non-glass container; a sandwich or something savoury such as a slice of pizza, a sausage or a small pie; some prepared vegetables like carrot or cucumber; a yogurt; and a piece of fruit.  Treats like crisps, biscuits and cakes should be restricted to two or three times a week and should not be a regular part of the lunch box.

There are several websites that can help you with ideas for packed lunches or ask at the office and we will support you as best we can.